This week’s Patriot of the Week is a unique one as we want to honor an entire group, Firefighters. As of this writing, there are five large active fires in California with none of them contained. 256,190 acres of land have been destroyed as well as over 750 buildings.
2017 year-to-date national fire statistics:
– Number of fires: 58,252
– Acres burned: 9,293,300
– Firefighter fatalities reported: 83
– 62,085 firefighter injuries were reported in the U.S in 2016. Of these, 24,325 were injuries at the fireground.
– In addition to injuries, there were 9,275 documented exposures to infectious diseases (e.g., hepatitis, meningitis, HIV, other) in 2016. This amounts to 1 exposure per 2,500 emergency medical service runs by fire departments.
– There were an estimated 36,475 documented exposures to hazardous conditions (e.g. asbestos, chemicals, fumes, radioactive materials, other) in 2016. This amounts to 1 exposure per 30 hazardous condition runs by fire departments.
– In 2016, there was an estimated 15,425 collisions involving fire department emergency vehicles responding to or returning from incidents. This is the seventh highest number of collisions since NFPA began collecting this information in 1990.
As we honor the brave men and women who work daily to keep America’s citizens safe, let’s also be vigilant to pray for their safety and to reach out to let them know how much we appreciate their dedication and willingness to do what they do.
God bless you firefighters!